Graduate Entry Admissions


We encourage you to apply if you meet the following requirements: 

  • you have completed bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing major from an accredited college or university
  • you have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • you have completed the required five prerequisite courses

If you have questions regarding these admission requirements, please email us at



You must complete all prerequisite coursework for the Graduate Entry option prior to submitting your application. Prerequisite coursework completed after the application deadline will not be considered towards admission requirements.

You must complete the following undergraduate courses (or their equivalents) prior to the application deadline. A grade of B- or better is required in each prerequisite course. Only one course in each subject area needs to be completed.

If a course you have taken or would like to take is not listed here, please visit the Ohio Equivalencies or Transferology websites to see if the course is listed. If you are unable to locate the class, please send an email to with:

  • Course name
  • Course number
  • Total credit hours
  • Where the class was completed
  • Course description

We will evaluate the course based on the information you provide. All prerequisite courses must be pre-approved to count towards admission. Approval is not guaranteed.

To take undergraduate courses at Ohio State prior to being accepted to a degree-seeking program, you must first apply as an Extended Education student. Applications can be completed through the Office of Distance Education and eLearning (ODEE) website. Please contact the ODEE to learn more about enrollment as a continuing education student at (614) 292-8860, or e-mail

Course Number

Course Title

Credit Hours

Human Anatomy
All body systems, with a lab (3 semester credits or 5 quarter credits, lab completed in person)

Anatomy 2300

Basic Human Anatomy


Anatomy 3300

Advanced Human Anatomy for Undergraduates


EEOB 2510

Human Anatomy


Human Physiology
All body systems (3 semester credits or 5 quarter credits)

EEOB 2520

Human Physiology


Physiology 3200

Human Physiology


Drug classifications and their therapeutic uses (2 semester credits or 3 quarter credits)

Nursing 2470

Introductory Pharmacology for Nurses



Introduction to General Pharmacology


Pharmacy 2010

Pharmacology: How Drugs Work



Pharmacological Aspects of Practice in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Microorganisms and their interaction with human experience, with lab (3 semester credits or 5 quarter credits, lab completed in person)

Microbiology 4000

Basic & Practical Microbiology


Human Nutrition
Nutrition throughout the lifecycle, including sociopsychological factors (3 semester credits or 5 quarter credits)

Human Nutrition 2210

Science of Human Nutrition


Human Nutrition 2310

Fundamentals of Nutrition



Post-Admission Requirement

Students admitted to the college are required to complete a Nursing Assistant course before beginning the program Autumn semester. More information on this requirement can be found here


Application Process

How to apply 

If you have never enrolled as a graduate student at Ohio State, the Master of Science in nursing program applications are available electronically at If you previously were enrolled as a graduate student at Ohio State, please see below for graduate student transfer instructions.

In addition to the application, you will also need to submit the following materials: 

  • transcripts from all colleges and universities attended during your academic career
  • current resume/curriculum vitae
  • purpose and goals statement
  • three letters of recommendation
  • for international applicants: Test of English proficiency
  • a $60 application fee

Applicants with a complete application by the deadline will be invited to complete an online interview.

You may be asked to submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam. GRE scores are not required for most applicants; however, they will be required if you meet any of the following criteria.

GRE criteria

You have a total combined undergraduate GPA below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or You have a total combined graduate GPA below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or

The Graduate School may require a GRE score from any applicant to further evaluate their application.

You may review the status of your application anytime at


How to apply as a graduate transfer student

If you were previously enrolled in a degree granting graduate program at The Ohio State University for any length of time, you would be considered a "Transfer" and will need to make sure you:

In addition to the transfer application, you will also need to submit the following materials:

  • transcripts from all colleges and universities attended during your academic career
  • current resume/curriculum vitae
  • purpose and goals statement
  • three letters of recommendation

Ohio State is committed to treating applicants fairly and with dignity and respect.  Please click here to review Ohio State’s new post-admissions policy.


Admission Timeline

All required materials listed above must be submitted by the posted application deadline. Please allow up to five business days for the status of materials to be updated on your application status webpage. Any item still marked as incomplete by the deadline will result in your application being removed from consideration.

After the deadline, you will receive an email from the College of Nursing once your application has been sent to the faculty for review. This email will provide a more detailed timeline of when you can expect a decision on your application. If you applied for Summer 2019, you can download the admissions timeline here. Decisions will likely be released in early Spring.

Once admitted, you will be given a short window of time to accept the offer. All admitted applicants to graduate nursing programs are required to pay a $250 non-refundable deposit upon acceptance. This deposit will be applied towards your first semester's tuition when you begin the program. The deposit will be forfeited should you decide not to attend the program. You are not able to defer admittance. If you are unable to begin your studies in the term to which you applied, you will be required to reapply in the future.

For questions regarding our admissions process or requirements, please contact our Student Affairs team at For in-person assistance or for more information on how to strengthen your application, please click the Schedule a Visit link above to attend one of our monthly Overview Sessions here at the College of Nursing.


Post-Admission Requirement

After you are offered admission to the college, you will be required to complete a Nursing Assistant course before beginning the master’s program. Verification should not be sent until requested by College of Nursing Compliance. Please do not submit any SNA related forms prior to that time.

Click here to watch a short video about the Nursing Assistant course requirement.

The course must include a minimum of 16 hours of direct patient care (clinical). Online courses are not acceptable. 

Credit earned from the course does not apply towards degree completion.

This requirement may be met in one of three ways: 

  1. Copy of STNA certification.
  2. Copy of proof of Nursing Assistant course completion (without certification).
  3. Verification of current or previous employment as a Nursing Assistant, Nurse Aide, STNA, PCA, SNA or CNA. Your current employer must complete the Verification SNA skills.

Many high schools, technical schools, health care agencies, and other community colleges also offer Nursing Assistant courses. You do not need to take the state certification examination (NATCEP).

To find an appropriate Nursing Assistant course, search the web using "NA classes (state name) or (city name)" or "CNA classes (state name) or (city name)" or use Additionally, you may locate a course in Ohio by contacting the Nurse Aide Training Competency Evaluation Program ("NATCEP") at (614) 752-8285.